When you think about Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner side dishes, a stuffing is usually on the menu.  Why not dress up your typical stuffing dish with a lightener version.  This apple sausage cranberry stuffing is amazing.  

The flavors are savory, yet sweet….which makes this a classic dish you will want to have on your table every single year.

An overhead image of the Apple Sausage Cranberry Stuffing recipe in a green colorful ceramic pan.  You can see the dried cranberries, apples, stuffing and sausage in the image.

This Thanksgiving we are hosting for the first time ever.  I am so excited that we finally have a house big enough to have a large gathering – and family coming into town to celebrate with us.  

If you are interested in additional side dish recipes, I recommend trying the balsamic and honey Brussel sprouts or the Arugula Garlic pesto (can be used on SO many things).

A close up image of the Apple Sausage Cranberry Stuffing recipe in a green colorful ceramic pan.  You can see the dried cranberries, apples, stuffing and sausage in the image.

Coming up with the Thanksgiving menu was also fun.  We are melding some of my family recipes with  my husband’s family recipes, and I think it’s going to be a great mix of both of our upbringings.  

Again, this is the first time that we have hosted Thanksgiving and really the first time that we have brought both of our traditional family recipes together under one roof.  

A close up image of the Apple Sausage Cranberry Stuffing recipe in a green colorful ceramic pan.  You can see the dried cranberries, apples, stuffing and sausage in the image.

I really can’t wait to see how the food comes together.

One of the dishes that has become a tradition in my family is this apple sausage cranberry stuffing.  I truly love the flavors and how they all come together.  

An overhead image of the Apple Sausage Cranberry Stuffing recipe in a small white bowl.  A serving size of the recipe that shows the dried cranberries, sausage, apples and stuffing.

You get the yummy savory flavor of stuffing with the sausage, but you also get a sweetness with the cranberries that I just absolutely love.

A note:  DO NOT use fresh cranberries.  I tried this last year and the flavor isn’t anything like it’s supposed to be.  Stick to the reduced sugar dried cranberries – you will thank me later.

What are your favorite Thanksgiving side dishes?

A close up image of the Apple Sausage Cranberry Stuffing recipe in a green colorful ceramic pan. You can see the dried cranberries, apples, stuffing and sausage in the image.

Apple Sausage Cranberry Stuffing

This recipe is 5 Freestyle points per serving, 1 cup.
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Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 16 servings
Calories 226 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 3 cups celery chopped
  • 3 stalks leeks chopped
  • 2 medium apples chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 lb breakfast sausage
  • 2 teaspoon fresh rosemary chopped
  • 2 teaspoon fresh sage chopped
  • 2 teaspoon fresh parsley chopped
  • 2 Tablespoon light butter
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 6 cups Herb Seasoned stuffing cubed
  • 1 cup reduced sugar dried cranberries

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Heat a large non-stick skillet to medium heat.  Add the sausage and cook until cooked through, crumbling as it cooks.  Transfer the cooked sausage to a bowl and set aside.
  • Add the butter and allow to melt.  Then add the leeks, onion, celery, apples and poultry seasoning.  Saute until the leeks are soft, about 8 minutes.  Mix in the dried cranberries, sage and rosemary.  Add the cooked sausage to the skillet and mix in the parsley and cubed stuffing.
  • Add the chicken stock to the skillet a little bit at a time until the stuffing is moist.  Try not to overdo it though.  You don’t want it to be mushy.  Season with salt and pepper.  Place in an olive oil sprayed prepared casserole dish (I use 9×13 casserole dish).  Bake for 20-30 minutes until the croutons are crispy.  Serve immediately.

Notes

Please note that an extra large skillet is required for this recipe.  I usually use a wok-style skillet and can fit everything in it.  But make sure your skillet is large enough to accommodate this recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 226kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 7.4gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 21.9mgFiber: 2.6gSugar: 10.5gVitamin A: 200IUVitamin C: 6.6mg
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10 Comments

  1. It turned out wonderful. Next time I think I’ll use even more apple because it was by far my favorite part. Thanks again for the great recipe!

  2. Thank you for the honest feedback. I have updated the recipe to include these things. I honestly think that I have made this so many times that it’s just second nature to me…but I realized when you commented that I needed to be a bit more specific with the instructions. I’m sorry about that!

    I added a note about the skillet size in the recipe notes of the recipe card, so hopefully that will help others who make this recipe. You definitely need a big skillet for this. I hope you enjoyed this stuffing recipe!

  3. Finally got my casserole in the oven and can compose my thoughts. I had several issues with this recipe.

    When do the onions go in? (I guessed based on cooking knowledge)
    What is the butter for?
    What size casserole dish? (There are tons)
    Also in reference to the casserole dish, prepared how? Greased or not?

    Also you may want to specify that the skillet used should be HUGE. I had to switch cookware halfway through.

  4. I love every single ingredient in this recipe!!! Especially the leeks!! I’m so going to try this!

  5. You don’t realize how good these flavors would be together until you bite into it. It’s sweet, yet savory and just delicious. I suggest making this for your next holiday celebration, because it’s that good.

  6. I like this much better than the “traditional” stuffings. This would be a great side for many meals. What appealed to me most was….ummmm….everything! With the fruit and sausage, it is definitely not my grandmother’s stuffing.

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